How to Make Rice Flour in a Rice Cooker: A Complete Guide

Rice flour is a fundamental component in the preparation of a wide variety of gluten-free and conventional Asian dishes. It is utilised in a wide variety of foods, from noodles to cakes, and finding it in your neighbourhood grocery store can be a bit of a challenge. Rice flour can be made at home with the help of a rice cooker, which is a fortunate development.

In this article, I’m going to walk you through the steps to make rice flour in a rice cooker so that you can enjoy your favorite recipes at home.

How to Make Rice Flour in a Rice Cooker

Step 1: Choose the Right Rice

The secret to making great rice flour in a rice cooker is to select the right rice.

You will need to use a long-grain rice variety such as jasmine, basmati, or regular long-grain rice. Avoid using short-grain rice, as it has a higher starch content and will not yield a fine flour.

Step 2: Rinse and Dry the Rice

Before you begin grinding the rice, you need to rinse it thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris. Rinse the rice in a strainer until the water runs clear.

Once you have rinsed the rice, spread it out on a clean kitchen towel or a piece of parchment paper to dry.

Make sure to dry the rice completely; otherwise, it will not grind properly.

H2: Step 3: Grind the Rice

Now that your rice is clean and dry, it’s time to grind it into flour. You can do it by hand but I prefer to use my mini rice grinder – heres a link to one on Amazon that I recommend – it’s so much quicker and less effort (oh, and you also get really fine flour!)

Next prep your rice cooker and turn it on.

Allow the rice to grind for 5-10 minutes, or until it has been ground into a fine flour. It’s important to note that rice flour tends to clump together, so you may need to stop the rice cooker and stir the flour occasionally to ensure even grinding.

Step 4: Sift the Flour

Once the rice has been ground, it’s time to sift the flour to remove any large pieces that may be left although if you use an electric grinder you can probably skip this step.

You can use a fine mesh sieve or a flour sifter for this step. Sift the flour into a bowl or a container, making sure to discard any large pieces that are left behind.

H2: Step 5: Store the Flour

Congratulations, you have successfully made rice flour in your rice cooker!

Now it’s time to store the flour. Transfer the flour to an airtight container and store it in a cool, dry place. Rice flour can be stored for up to six months, so make sure to label your container with the date you made it.

So, now that you have your rice flour, what do you do with it? Well, I have you covered, here are 3 tasty and easy to make recipes that can be cooked in your rice cooker.

Rice Flour Pancakes:

Surabi Oncom, Indonesian Traditional Pancake with Oncom Fermented Soybean.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the rice flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  2. Add in the milk, egg, and melted butter. Mix until everything is well combined and there are no lumps.
  3. Preheat your rice cooker and lightly grease it with cooking spray or butter.
  4. Pour the pancake batter into the rice cooker, filling it about halfway.
  5. Close the lid and let it cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until the pancake is cooked through and golden brown.
  6. Use a spatula to remove the pancake from the rice cooker, and repeat the process until all the batter is used up.
  7. Serve with your favorite toppings, such as syrup, honey, or fresh fruit.
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Rice Flour Pizza Crust:

Pouring sauce from sauce boat to pizza crust.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the rice flour, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and basil.
  2. Add in the warm water and olive oil, and mix until a dough forms.
  3. Preheat your rice cooker and lightly grease it with cooking spray or olive oil.
  4. Spread the pizza dough evenly in the rice cooker, making sure to press it down and smooth it out.
  5. Add your favorite pizza toppings, such as sauce, cheese, vegetables, and meat.
  6. Close the lid and let it cook for about 20-25 minutes, or until the crust is crispy and golden brown.
  7. Use a spatula to remove the pizza from the rice cooker, and slice it into pieces.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!

Rice Flour Coconut Cake:

Coconut Cake
Coconut Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the rice flour, sugar, desiccated coconut, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Add in the milk, vegetable oil, and eggs. Mix until everything is well combined and there are no lumps.
  3. Preheat your rice cooker and lightly grease it with cooking spray or vegetable oil.
  4. Pour the cake batter into the rice cooker, filling it about halfway.
  5. Close the lid and let it cook for about 30-35 minutes, or until the cake is cooked through and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Use a spatula to remove the cake from the rice cooker, and let it cool completely.
  7. Slice and serve the cake as is, or top with whipped cream, fresh fruit, or a glaze of your choice.
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Enjoy these delicious recipes made with rice flour in your rice cooker!

FAQs

Q: Can I use brown rice to make rice flour in a rice cooker? A: Yes, you can use brown rice to make rice flour in a rice cooker. However, brown rice takes longer to grind and may not yield as fine a flour as white rice.

Q: Can I make rice flour in a blender or a food processor? A: Yes, you can make rice flour in a blender or a food processor. However, you will need to grind the rice in smaller batches and may not get as fine a flour as you would with a rice cooker.

Q: Can I use the rice flour immediately after making it? A: Yes, you can use the rice flour immediately after making it. However, keep in mind that freshly made rice flour tends to be more absorbent than store-bought rice flour, so you may need to adjust your recipe accordingly.

Conclusion

Making rice flour is really simple and, best of all the end product is so versatile and cost-effective. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can make your own rice flour at home without any special equipment or ingredients.

Not only is making rice flour at home more cost-effective than buying it at the store, but it also allows you to control the quality of the flour. You can ensure that your rice flour is free from any contaminants and is made from high-quality rice. This is especially important if you or someone in your family has a gluten intolerance or celiac disease.

So, in conclusion, making rice flour in a rice cooker is an easy and convenient way to ensure that you always have rice flour on hand for your favorite recipes. With just a few simple steps, you can make your own rice flour at home without any special equipment or ingredients. So why not give it a try and see how easy it can be?

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